Monday, December 8, 2008

CSIS presents Obama new Cybersecurity strategy proposal

Today, the Centre for the Strategic and International  Studies of the United States (CSIS) published the report Securing Cyberspace for the 44th Presidency. 

The report is the result of a huge work, led by Jim Lewis (CSIS). Among the various proposals, there is the creation of a National Office for Cyberspace (NOC), by merging the existing National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) and the Joint Inter-Agency Cyber Task Force.

The report also says NOC should secure industrial control systems (SCADA), such as those used by Critical Infrastructure, Power and manufacturing plants, by developing regulations they would be forced to follow. 

Here is a summary of the recommendations: 
  1. Create a comprehensive national security strategy for cyberspace
  2. Lead from the Whitehouse: with the creation of a new office for cyberspace in the Executive Office of the President
  3. Reinvent the Public-Private Partnerships: focus on Trust and on operational activities
  4. Regulate Cyberspace: voluntary action is not enough!
  5. Authenticate digital Identities
  6. Modernize Authorities (and law)
  7. Use acquisition policies to improve security: buy security products only
  8. Build Capabilities: research, training and education
  9. Do not start over: Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI - Bush administration), is a good starting point

Some additional articles on the same subject: 
Financial Times: US warned over cyber attacks

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